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Opinion: Sex-worker immunity would have helped Gilgo Beach probe | Newsday

By Melissa Sontag Broudo Guest essay Updated July 25, 2023 7:36 pm The recent arrest of Rex A. Heuermann in the Gilgo Beach murder investigation has residents expressing relief that a killer has finally been apprehended. But many are asking why it took so long. One significant reason is the dysfunctional relationship law enforcement has…Continue reading Opinion: Sex-worker immunity would have helped Gilgo Beach probe | Newsday

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Making Sex Work an Honest Business Makes Communities Safer | New York Law Journal

COMMENTARY Making Sex Work an Honest Business Makes Communities Safer Those of us with the power to defend individuals — or to change laws — should vehemently support the full decriminalization of consensual adult prostitution, a Manhattan civil rights attorney writes. February 27, 2023 at 11:15 PM 6 minute read Commentary By Cary London |…Continue reading Making Sex Work an Honest Business Makes Communities Safer | New York Law Journal

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United States Appeals Court Hears Arguments Against SESTA/FOSTA

The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) have harmed victims of trafficking, the very individuals they were meant to protect, along with sex workers across the United States since they became law in 2018. For the past five years, human rights advocates, sex workers, and even law enforcement…Continue reading United States Appeals Court Hears Arguments Against SESTA/FOSTA

SB 357 officially goes into effect, repealing “Loitering for the Purpose of Prostitution” laws in California.

California Repeals Anti-Prostitution Loitering Law

SB 357, otherwise known as the Safer Streets for All Act, has officially gone into effect in California. The bill repealed California Penal Code § 653.22, which criminalized the act of loitering with “intent to commit prostitution.” Archaic anti-sex work loitering laws are common around the United States. What is Loitering for the Purpose of Prostitution?…Continue reading California Repeals Anti-Prostitution Loitering Law

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Canadian Sex Workers Are Making History

Last month, the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform (CASW), which includes 25 sex worker organizations, made history by challenging the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA), which the group argues is inhumane. According to a press release by the group, this case “… is the first constitutional challenge to PCEPA provisions initiated…Continue reading Canadian Sex Workers Are Making History

DSW Challenges Constitutionality of Federal Law That Criminalizes Free Speech

DSW Challenges Constitutionality of Federal Law That Criminalizes Free Speech

Decriminalize Sex Work (DSW), joined by eleven other organizations working to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing, and human rights of sex workers and survivors of trafficking, filed a new Amicus brief supporting the appellants in a federal case challenging the criminalization of protected speech. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Acts…Continue reading DSW Challenges Constitutionality of Federal Law That Criminalizes Free Speech

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Amicus Brief

Decriminalize Sex Work (DSW), joined by eleven other organizations working to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing, and human rights of sex workers and survivors of trafficking, filed a new Amicus brief supporting the appellants in a federal case challenging SESTA/FOSTA and its criminalization of protected speech.

A sign at the August 24 Montpelier City Council Meeting. Courtesy of The Ishtar Collective.

Montpelier, VT Repeals Prostitution Ordinance

Montpelier has become the second city in Vermont to repeal its antiquated prostitution ordinance in the past year. Last summer, the Burlington City Council voted to repeal that city’s prostitution ordinance and voters subsequently chose to strike discriminatory and archaic language on sex work from the city charter. Montpelier’s Police Review Committee recommended that the…Continue reading Montpelier, VT Repeals Prostitution Ordinance

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